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Branta sandvicensis (Nene; Hawaiian Goose)

Synonyms: Nesochen sandvicensis

Wikipedia Abstract

The nene (Branta sandvicensis), also known as nēnē and Hawaiian goose, is a species of goose endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. The official bird of the state of Hawaiʻi, the nene is exclusively found in the wild on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauaʻi, Molokai, and Hawaiʻi. The Hawaiian name nēnē comes from its soft call. The species name sandvicensis refers to the Sandwich Islands, an old name for the Hawaiian Islands.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 3.44761
EDGE Score: 2.87866


Adult Weight [1]  4.513 lbs (2.047 kg)
Birth Weight [2]  91 grams
Female Weight [1]  4.255 lbs (1.93 kg)
Male Weight [1]  4.773 lbs (2.165 kg)
Weight Dimorphism [1]  12.2 %
Diet [3]  Nectarivore, Herbivore
Diet - Nectar [3]  20 %
Diet - Plants [3]  80 %
Forages - Ground [3]  90 %
Forages - Water Surface [3]  10 %
Female Maturity [2]  2 years 6 months
Male Maturity [2]  2 years
Clutch Size [4]  4
Clutches / Year [2]  1
Incubation [2]  30 days
Maximum Longevity [2]  42 years


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Hawaii tropical dry forests United States Oceania Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests  
Hawaii tropical high shrublands United States Oceania Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Hawaii tropical low shrublands United States Oceania Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Hawaii tropical moist forests United States Oceania Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests  

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Haleakala National Park II   Hawaii, United States
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 177278 Hawaii, United States
Hawaiian Islands Biosphere Reserve 245981 Hawaii, United States  
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park   Hawaii, United States

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Polynesia-Micronesia Fiji, Micronesia, Polynesia, Samoa, Tonga, United States Yes

Emblem of


Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Myadestes obscurus (Omao)1
Myadestes palmeri (Puaiohi)1


Parasitized by 
Baruscapillaria obsignata <Unverified Name>[6]
Fimbriaria fasciolaris[6]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)



External References


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1P. Banko, J. M. Black, & W. E. Banko. 1999. Hawaiian Goose (Nene). In The Birds of North America, No. 434. (A. Poole & F. Gill, eds.). Philadelphia, PA: The Birds of North America, Inc. 32 pp.
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
5del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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